GM Maurice Ashley: The Secret to Chess
There are many topics in chess that are difficult to understand. Maurice Ashley
is one of the people who teach these topics in a comprehensive way. His DVD
series is an option that many of our readers know. Now he complements this with
his monthly show on Playchess. Be there when enthusiastic commentary meets hunger
at 7 p.m. – Entry fee: 50 Ducats, free for Premium members.
In the following example White is to move and win. Try to solve the position
for yourself and you will be well prepared for the The Secret to Chess Show,
Wednesday 7 pm.
Recent DVD by Maurice Ashley
times, when a top player blunders, it is routinely described by the esoteric
term “chess blindness“. In this series What Grandmasters Don‘t See, chess
trainer and worldclass commentator Maurice Ashley strips away the myth and for
the first time explains why the root of these mistakes is more often based in
the psychology of human learning.
In this DVD, the third volume of the three part series, Ashley completes his
idea of Protected Squares from Volume 1, showing that squares seemingly guarded
by pieces are often the breeding ground of amazing tactical oversights. He also
blends the themes from all three volumes to give a thorough picture of the key
ways that the viewer can exploit the typical mistakes by players of all levels.
In the first half of the DVD, Ashley uses brilliant games and positions to explain
each lesson in his dynamic commentary style. The second half of the DVD is filled
with examples to test the viewer, with a series of exercises of increasing difficulty.
The material is drawn both from classic and from recent games. Video running
time: 3 hours 45 min.
Some previous ChessBase articles on Maurice Ashley
||Ashley in Jamaica – Caribbean Chess Tour of a GM
28.12.2011 – GM Maurice Ashley, who in 1999
became the first African-American grandmaster of chess, was born in Jamaica,
where he spent the first twelve years of his life. Returning to his first
home – and meeting an uncle for the first time – was the hightlight of
a Caribbean tour, and involved promoting the "Magnificent Chess Foundation".
Even the new Prime
Minister Andrew Holness supports it.
||Ashley in Guadeloupe – Caribbean Chess Tour of a GM
28.11.2011 – GM Maurice Ashley, who in 1999
was the first African-American to attain the coveted title of International
grandmaster of chess, has become an ambassador of the game. On his Caribbean
Chess Tour, after visiting Martinique, he went on the incredible tropical
island of Guadeloupe – and found a similar amount of enthusiasm for the
game there. Here is his pictorial
report on the trip.
||Ashley in Martinique – GM bearing gifts
23.11.2011 – In 1999 Maurice Ashley was the
first African-American to attain the coveted title of International Grandmaster
of Chess, and he has become an ambassador of the game, especially in the
Caribbean area. Recently he embarked on a Caribbean Chess Tour, where
his first stop was Martinique. He motivated local school children with
simultaneous games and gifts
from the ChessBase shop.
||Maurice Ashley: What Grandmasters Don't See
21.10.2011 – "Maurice Ashley scores again as
favorite teacher with this DVD," writes Steven Dowd. "Ashley teaches with
a entertainingly fast pace, is quick to crack a good joke, and simply
relates well to the audience. If there really were a ChessBase University,
Ashley would be a candidate for teacher of the year, and would be my hands-down
choice to win." Review
in Chess Cafe.
||Maurice Ashley rounds up Bilbao today!
08.10.2011 – This afternoon from New York,
at 4 PM EST and 10 PM Paris, the dynamic and popular commentator GM Maurice
Ashley will be the guest host of the Bilbao round up show on Playchess,
where he will not only summarize the action of the day, but he will also
take questions from the spectators. This show is free for Premium subscribers
so consider upgrading
if you haven't already. Don't
||Belize: painted faces and chess on stilts
30.06.2011 – The Central American nation, south
of Mexico, has a population of just 333,000. But in this country, with
its spectacular abundance of terrestrial and marine species, chess has
become a national passtime. Last May the best players from each district
throughout Belize met for what they call a "Chess Olympiad". A special
guest at the event, GM Maurice Ashley, sent us this beautiful
||Final round in Monaco starts at 12:30 p.m.
24.03.2011 – We don't want you to miss a minute
of it: so for your information on the final day of the 20th Amber Blindfold
and Rapid tournament play begins two hours earlier than usual – at 12:30
p.m. CET instead of 14:30. While you are waiting, or in the pauses between
the games, you might want to watch commentary by GMs Maurice Ashley and
Daniel King in previous rounds. All
||Ashley: 'Chess is intellectual karate!'
16.11.2010 – Maurice Ashley is a US grandmaster,
commentator and teacher, one of the best in the world. He is also the
author of one of our most popular Fritz Trainers ("Aikido chess"). In
a remarkable 24-minute "Big Think" interview – of the very highest technical
quality, we may add – Maurice gives us insights into his career and his
chess thinking. Very revealing, very entertaining – must
||Ashley’s Secret: Aikido Chess!
20.10.2010 – American GM Maurice Ashley is
one of the games premier commentators. He has authored books, traveled
the world promoting the virtues of chess and has recently released a DVD
in partnership with ChessBase. It offers a new and general strategy: look
for what your opponents last move did that actually hurt his position.
by Michael Jeffreys.
||Maurice Ashley: The Secret to Chess
08.10.2010 – Since going into a self-imposed
hiatus from tournament chess, GM Maurice Ashley has not rested on his
laurels as arguably one of the game's premier commentators. He has authored
a couple of books, traveled the world promoting the virtues of chess and
has recently released another DVD in partnership with ChessBase. Review
in Chess Drum.
||Magnus pounds The World in RAW Chess Challenge
12.09.2010 – It was the chess spectacle of
the year. Tens of thousands of spectators joined three strong grandmasters
to play the world's highest ranked player Magnus Carlsen. The event took
place in a penthouse overlooking New York City, with GMs Maurice Ashley
and Garry Kasparov commenting, and Hollywood actress Liv Tyler dropping
in. We bring you pictures
and the annotated game.
||Maurice Ashley: The Secret to Chess
02.09.2010 – This is one you really do not
want to miss. Star international trainer and commentator Maurice Ashley
reveals a secret he discovered on his way to becoming a chess grandmaster.
It is a simple idea that anyone can understand – something that you can
use immediately to improve your game. Maurice's entertaining style and
great clarity make this a first class DVD. Here's
a sample lesson.
||Ashley on CNN: 'I just knew I would be a great
10.07.2008 – Maurice Ashley is the first black
chess grandmaster in history. He is also one of the games finest ambassadors,
an ardent spokesman and advocate of the intellectual and character building
effects in young people for over 15 years. In a short CNN report, part
of the series on "Black in America", he speaks about the driving forces
in his life and his career. We bring you Maurice
||Maurice Ashley on Hip Hop, GZA and Will Smith
08.07.2006 – He is the first black grandmaster
in history, and also an extraordinary chess teacher, an organiser and
a friend of the stars. In this indepth interview by Adisa Banjoko, the
"Bishop of Hip Hop", Maurice Ashley tells about his life, his likes and
his encounters with GZA and Will Smith. Fascinating
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